1. Hot Tours: Taylor Swift, Elton John, Jason Aldean

    September 30, 2011 3:25 PM EDT Taylor Swift 's Speak Now World Tour tops the latest Hot Tours ranking with $9.7 million in ticket sales from 10 sold out shows at arenas in seven North American markets. The first of the reported venues was HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. where Swift kicked off the month of September…

  2. Suge Knight Producing Music for Suge Knight Documentary

    September 28, 2011 1:00 PM EDT Suge Knight will finally speak on the highs and lows of his life. Showtime will produce a feature-length documentary, tentatively titled " Suge Knight ," about the infamous co-founder of Death Row Records, according to the NY Times . Suge will not only speak on the rise and fall of…

  3. Bruno Mars Releases Dark 'Twilight' Single, 'It Will Rain': Listen

    September 27, 2011 12:56 PM EDT Whether Bruno Mars is Team Edward or Team Jacob (he actually told Billboard.com that he's "Team Bella all day" last week), the singer-songwriter is certainly hurting on "It Will Rain," the first single from the "Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1" soundtrack…

  4. 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn' Soundtrack: Bruno Mars, Christina Perri, Theophilus London Contribute

    September 26, 2011 4:55 PM EDT Bruno Mars , Christina Perri , the Joy Formidable and Theophilus London are the latest artists to soundtrack the saga of Bella and Edward by contributing song to the "Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1" original soundtrack, whose full track list and artwork were revealed on Twitter on…

  5. Exclusive: Bruno Mars Says 'Breaking Dawn' Song Shows 'Darker Side of Love'

    September 23, 2011 10:40 AM EDT Just hours after it was announced that Bruno Mars ' "It Will Rain" would be the first single from the "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" soundtrack, he was already talking about going to the movie's premiere. "Do I wear a Team Jacob shirt or a Team…

  6. Video Premiere: Amy Winehouse & Tony Bennett's 'Body and Soul'

    September 14, 2011 9:51 AM EDT Here's your first look at what could've been. The video for "Body and Soul," Tony Bennett 's duet with Amy Winehouse , was released Wednesday, on what would have been the young singer's 28th birthday. The track, Winehouse's final recording before her death…

  7. DJ Mia Moretti Mixes for Rebecca Minkoff at Fashion Week

    September 13, 2011 12:15 PM EDT The Hook caught up with DJ Mia Moretti backstage at the Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2012 show to get her tips on mixing hot sounds for the runway. Her process, I learned while we both lusted over the shoes in the collection at Fashion Week, comes in three stages. 1) "First I went into the…

  8. Madonna's 'W.E.' Receives Mixed Reactions at Venice Film Festival

    September 02, 2011 1:10 PM EDT Madonna's film "W.E.," which focuses on the relationship between King Edward VIII and the divorced American Wallis Simpson, has been panned by many but has also found some support from critics after premiering at the Venice Film Festival this week. The reviews range from…

  9. Madonna the Center of Attention at Venice Film Festival

    September 01, 2011 5:30 PM EDT Pop idol-turned-director Madonna was in center of attention with her first-ever trip to the Venice Film Festival on Thursday to promote her Wallis Simpson-based drama, charming a standing room only press conference with provocative remarks and sparking an unusual rush to the front as…

  10. 'Honeyboy' Edwards, Delta Blues Great, Dies

    August 30, 2011 9:28 AM EDT Grammy-winning Blues musician David "Honeyboy" Edwards, believed to be the oldest surviving Delta bluesman and whose roots stretched back to blues legend Robert Johnson, died early Monday in his Chicago home, his manager said . He was 96. Edwards had a weak heart and his health…

  11. Long Live the Queen: Aretha Franklin Thrills in Live Return

    August 26, 2011 12:15 PM EDT Eight months after rumors spread that the Queen was dying, Aretha Franklin -- the Queen of Soul -- proved to a hometown crowd that she's very much alive and well. The 69-year-old Franklin was in robust voice and ebullient good humor throughout her hour-and-50-minute concert on Thursday …

  12. Esther Gordy Edwards, Motown Exec and Museum Founder, Dies

    August 25, 2011 11:28 AM EDT Esther Gordy Edwards, who founded the Motown Museum to preserve the legacy of the iconic record label her brother Berry founded, has died at age 91. According to her family, Gordy Edwards died of natural causes. Berry Gordy, in a statement released Thursday , praises his sister's work as…

  13. Memorial Service Held for Victims of Indiana State Fair Tragedy

    August 15, 2011 1:08 PM EDT Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels told hundreds of people who gathered Monday for a service to remember five people killed when a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair that the tragedy has broken the hearts of the state's residents. Daniels said Saturday's stage collapse as high winds…

  14. Justin Bieber & Selena Gomez Conjoined in Nude Sculpture: Photo Gallery

    August 11, 2011 2:30 PM EDT Daniel Edwards, the ultra-odd artist best known for sculpting Britney Spears giving birth on a bear-skin rug, has emerged with a curious life-size piece featuring Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez . The teen couple (he's 17, she's 19) are naked in the statue, titled "Justin and…

  15. Conan O'Brien & Edward Sharpe Cover Radiohead's 'Creep': Watch

    August 10, 2011 6:04 PM EDT Radiohead seems to hold a special spot in Conan O'Brien's heart: Not only did O'Brien perform "Creep" during a stop on his "Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour" last year, but UK's biggest rock band was the first-ever musical guest on…

  16. Pearl Jam, U2, Madonna Movies Get Toronto Film Fest Premieres

    July 26, 2011 1:30 PM EDT In-depth U2 and Pearl Jam documentaries, and a scripted feature directed by Madonna , will receive their premieres at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival being held Sept. 8-18. Davis Guggenheim's "From the Sky Down" takes a long look the creation and legacy of U2'…

  17. Billboard Bits: Justin Bieber's Vanity Fair Woes, Linkin Park's Secret Show

    July 05, 2011 7:41 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Justin Bieber's Vanity Fair Cover Lowest Seller in 12 Years Justin Bieber may have more than 10 million Twitter followers, and a hit with his documentary "Never Say Never" -- but that doesn't…

  18. The Roots Plotting 'Orchestral' New Album

    June 03, 2011 4:30 PM EDT For the follow-up to the Roots ' 2010 album, "How I Got Over," drummer ?uestlove says the veteran hip-hop band is planning a "concept album" with orchestral arrangements. "This is going to be our first full-fledged narrative concept album," ?uestlove told…

  19. Eddie Vedder 'Ukulele Songs': Track-by-Track Review

    May 31, 2011 3:57 PM EDT Insomnia. Moons. Oceans. Like each of Pearl Jam's nine albums, you'll easily find surfer-songwriter Eddie Vedder's favorite metaphors firmly embedded in his second solo album, "Ukulele Songs." But instead of the driving rockers and six-string ballads familiar to PJ…

  20. The Wombats Plot U.S. 'Glitch' Tour in August

    May 29, 2011 8:31 AM EDT The Wombats promise that their upcoming trio of U.S. concert dates will not be their last trip across the pond to support their sophomore album, "This Modern Glitch." "We're coming back in August, and we're planning out something in October-November time as well,"…

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